You’re doing great! Keep it up.

As of today we are 93% done with the first image set we put up on seafloor explorer.  As we approach the end of this phase we would like to share some preliminary results.  One analysis we did was public vs. expert scallop measurements.  In other words, how close are scallop shell height measurements done by the public vs. someone who has been measuring scallops for years in scientific applications.  We had an expert do a subset of the same images on seafloor explorer that we gave all of you and were extremely pleased to see that there was a really tight correlation.  That measurements by the public are up to an expert level.


Measurements of sea scallop shells by Expert (x-axis) and Public (y-axis) annotators. Units are in mm. n = 1,837. 1:1 correspondence (blue line), linear regression line (red).


About adyork

I'm a marine biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic institution and a member of the HabCam Group.

4 responses to “You’re doing great! Keep it up.”

  1. Art says :

    That’s nice to hear that there’s some word about the progress. So it’s only the first set of images?

    By the way, why aren’t sand dollars, lamp shells, moss animals and others considered important?

    • adyork says :

      Sand dollars, moss animals and all the other organisms are very important as well but for the launch of the seafloor explorer we wanted to limit the identification list so that more people without sea floor organism experience could participate in the project.

  2. Art says :

    You may be experiencing an influx of new users in a few days in order to finish the job. Part of a campaign.

  3. hi_coo says :

    I came across this project by ‘accident’ but am really enjoying doing it. Scanning the images appeals to me and with the added bonus of helping out an environmental project is icing on the proverbial cake.

    I do worry that I’m not experienced enough though and I get worried I’m making mistakes.

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